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The Minnesota North Stars were an American professional ice hockey team based in Bloomington, Minnesota, a city in the metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul.[1] The team joined the NHL in 1967 as an expansion team with five other teams;[2] the Cleveland Barons, another 1967 NHL expansion team, were merged with the North Stars in the 1978–79 season.[3] The North Stars played in the Stanley Cup Finals twice: as the Prince of Wales Conference champions in the 1980–81 season,[4] and in the 1990–91 season after winning the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl,[5] but lost in both Finals.[6] The North Stars played their home games at the Met Center.[7] The team relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1993, after former owner Norman Green announced that he was moving the team to Dallas's Reunion Arena in search of a better economic situation,[8] and are now known as the Dallas Stars.[9] The North Stars played in the Norris Division of the Clarence Campbell Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL) in their last season.[10] There were 16 head coaches for the North Stars team.[11]

The North Stars' first head coach and general manager was Wren Blair, who coached for the first three seasons, and was the North Stars' general manager until 1974; Jack Gordon, Lou Nanne, and Bob Gainey were also the general manager of the North Stars during their tenures as head coach.[12] Nine of the first twelve head coaches lasted for fewer than sixty-four games. Ten of the first twelve North Stars head coaches have spent their entire NHL head coaching careers with the North Stars. Gordon was the first North Stars head coach to have coached more than four consecutive seasons.[11]

Several head coaches have had multiple tenures with the North Stars. Glen Sonmor served three terms as North Stars head coach. He is the North Stars' all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (421), the most regular-season game wins (177), the most regular-season points (437), the most playoff games coached (47), the most playoff-game wins (26), and the highest playoff winning percentage (.553). Sonmor's first term lasted five seasons, the longest duration for one North Stars head coach term; his last term lasted two games, which was the shortest tenure.[11] Blair, Gordon and Charlie Burns each served two terms as the North Stars' head coach.[12] None of their second terms were winning seasons.[11]

Burns, Ted Harris, Parker MacDonald, Nanne, and Murray Oliver had once played for the North Stars;[13] Burns is the only person to have been a player-coach for the North Stars, having done so in the 1969–70 season.[14] 1980 U.S. Olympic "Miracle on Ice" coach Herb Brooks, who coached the North Stars in the 1987–88 season, is the only North Stars head coach to have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder;[15] Harry Howell and Gainey were inducted as players.[16][17] Sonmor and Gainey are the only head coaches to reach the Stanley Cup Finals with the North Stars, in the 1981 and 1991 Finals respectively.[6] Gainey was the last head coach of the North Stars; he coached the franchise until the 1995–96 season.[11]

KeyEdit

General
#  Number of coaches[a]
Spent entire NHL coaching career with the North Stars
†  Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder
Achievements Achievements during their North Stars head coaching tenure

Regular-season
GC Games coached T Ties = 1 point
W Wins = 2 points PTS Points
L Losses = 0 points Win% Winning percentage

Playoffs
PGC Games coached
PW Wins
PL Losses
PWin% Winning percentage

Head coachesEdit

# Name Term[b]  GC  W  L  T  PTS  Win%  PGC  PW  PL  PWin% Achievements Reference
&0000000000000001.0000001 Blair, WrenWren Blair
19671968 &0000000000000084.00000084 &0000000000000030.00000030 &0000000000000038.00000038 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000076.00000076 .452 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000007.0000007 .500 [18]
&0000000000000002.0000002 Muckler, JohnJohn Muckler 1968–1969 &0000000000000035.00000035 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000018.00000018 .257 [19]
Blair, WrenWren Blair
19691969 &0000000000000063.00000063 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000027.00000027 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000054.00000054 .429 [18]
[c] Blair, WrenWren Blair
19671968; 19691969 &0000000000000147.000000147 &0000000000000048.00000048 &0000000000000065.00000065 &0000000000000034.00000034 &0000000000000130.000000130 .442 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000007.0000007 .500 [18]
&0000000000000003.0000003 Burns, CharlieCharlie Burns
1969–1970 &0000000000000044.00000044 &0000000000000010.00000010 &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000032.00000032 .364 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000004.0000004 .333 [20]
&0000000000000004.0000004 Gordon, JackJack Gordon
19701973 &0000000000000251.000000251 &0000000000000105.000000105 &0000000000000101.000000101 &0000000000000045.00000045 &0000000000000255.000000255 .508 &0000000000000025.00000025 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000014.00000014 .440 [21]
&0000000000000005.0000005 MacDonald, ParkerParker MacDonald 1973–1974 &0000000000000061.00000061 &0000000000000020.00000020 &0000000000000030.00000030 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000051.00000051 .418 [22]
Gordon, JackJack Gordon
1974–1975 &0000000000000038.00000038 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000027.00000027 .355 [21]
[c] Gordon, JackJack Gordon
19701973; 1974–1975 &0000000000000289.000000289 &0000000000000116.000000116 &0000000000000123.000000123 &0000000000000050.00000050 &0000000000000282.000000282 .488 &0000000000000025.00000025 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000014.00000014 .440 [21]
Burns, CharlieCharlie Burns
1975 &0000000000000042.00000042 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000028.00000028 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000026.00000026 .310 [20]
[c] Burns, CharlieCharlie Burns
1969–1970; 1975 &0000000000000086.00000086 &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000050.00000050 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000058.00000058 .337 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000004.0000004 .333 [20]
&0000000000000006.0000006 Harris, TedTed Harris
19751977 &0000000000000179.000000179 &0000000000000048.00000048 &0000000000000104.000000104 &0000000000000027.00000027 &0000000000000123.000000123 .344 &0000000000000002.0000002 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000002.0000002 .000 [23]
&0000000000000007.0000007 Beaulieu, AndreAndre Beaulieu
1977–1978 &0000000000000032.00000032 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000015.00000015 .234 [24]
&0000000000000008.0000008 Nanne, LouLou Nanne
1978 &0000000000000029.00000029 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000018.00000018 .310 [25]
&0000000000000009.0000009 Howell, HarryHarry Howell
1978 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000008.0000008 .364 [26]
&0000000000000010.00000010 Sonmor, GlenGlen Sonmor
19781983 &0000000000000352.000000352 &0000000000000155.000000155 &0000000000000125.000000125 &0000000000000072.00000072 &0000000000000382.000000382 .543 &0000000000000038.00000038 &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000017.00000017 .553 1980–81 Prince of Wales Conference champions[6] [27]
&0000000000000011.00000011 Oliver, MurrayMurray Oliver
1983 &0000000000000037.00000037 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000043.00000043 .581 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000005.0000005 .444 [28]
&0000000000000012.00000012 Mahoney, BillBill Mahoney
19831984 &0000000000000093.00000093 &0000000000000042.00000042 &0000000000000039.00000039 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000096.00000096 .516 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000009.0000009 .438 [29]
Sonmor, GlenGlen Sonmor
1984–1985 &0000000000000067.00000067 &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000035.00000035 &0000000000000010.00000010 &0000000000000054.00000054 .403 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000004.0000004 .556 [27]
&0000000000000013.00000013 Henning, LorneLorne Henning 19851987 &0000000000000158.000000158 &0000000000000068.00000068 &0000000000000072.00000072 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000154.000000154 .487 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000003.0000003 .400 [30]
Sonmor, GlenGlen Sonmor
1987 &0000000000000002.0000002 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000001.0000001 .250 [27]
[c] Sonmor, GlenGlen Sonmor
19781983; 1984–1985; 1987 &0000000000000421.000000421 &0000000000000177.000000177 &0000000000000161.000000161 &0000000000000083.00000083 &0000000000000437.000000437 .519 &0000000000000047.00000047 &0000000000000026.00000026 &0000000000000021.00000021 .553 [27]
&0000000000000014.00000014 Brooks, HerbHerb Brooks

1987–1988 &0000000000000080.00000080 &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000048.00000048 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000051.00000051 .319 [31]
&0000000000000015.00000015 Page, PierrePierre Page 19881990 &0000000000000160.000000160 &0000000000000063.00000063 &0000000000000077.00000077 &0000000000000020.00000020 &0000000000000146.000000146 .456 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000008.0000008 .333 [32]
&0000000000000016.00000016 Gainey, BobBob Gainey 19901993 &0000000000000415.000000415 &0000000000000165.000000165 &0000000000000190.000000190 &0000000000000060.00000060 &0000000000000390.000000390 .470 &0000000000000044.00000044 &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000021.00000021 .523 1990–91 Clarence S. Campbell Bowl winner[5] [33]

NotesEdit

  • a  A running total of the number of coaches of the North Stars. Thus, any coach who have two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b  Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.
  • c 1 2 3 4  These rows are inserted for the sortable stats.

ReferencesEdit

General
Specific
  1. U.S. Census Bureau (July 1, 2006). Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CBSA-EST2006-01). Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  2. Teams Index. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  3. McFarlane, Brian (1990). 100 Years of Hockey. Summerhill Press. ISBN 0-929091-26-4. 
  4. McCarthy, Dave (2008). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2009. Dan Diamond Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. National Hockey League. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Stanley Cup Champions and Finalists. National Hockey League. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  7. Youngblood, Kent. "Rising in the North: NHL comes to Minnesota", Star Tribune, March 7, 2008. Retrieved on September 5, 2009. 
  8. Montville, Leigh (April 19, 1993). Norm Green is reviled in Minnesota for his decision to move the North Stars south. Sports Illustrated. Time Warner. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  9. Dallas Stars History. CBS Sports. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  10. Dallas Stars. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Dallas Stars Coach Register. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  12. 12.0 12.1 2008-2009 Media Guide (PDF). National Hockey League and the Dallas Stars. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  13. 2008-2009 Media Guide (PDF). National Hockey League and the Dallas Stars. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  14. Charlie Frederick Burns. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  15. Herb Brooks - Builders Category. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on September 6, 2009.
  16. Players - Harry Howell. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on September 6, 2009.
  17. Players - Bob Gainey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on September 6, 2009.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Wren Blair Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  19. John Muckler Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Charlie Burns Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Jack Gordon Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  22. Parker MacDonald Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  23. Ted Harris Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  24. Andre Beaulieu Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  25. Lou Nanne Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  26. Harry Howell Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Glen Sonmor Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  28. Murray Oliver Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  29. Bill Mahoney Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  30. Lorne Henning Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  31. Herb Brooks Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  32. Pierre Page Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  33. Bob Gainey Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.

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